Monday, February 29, 2016

Neck Pain Relief Pad

I received the Insta Cure Neck Pain Relief Pad through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Helps keep neck in place
  • Cradles head 
I laughed when I first saw this product in person. It's such a cheaply made product. Made with plastic and foam. It was disappointing to see.

This product is a huge joke. 

It's not a one-size fits all type of product. It works best for smaller heads. I have a medium to small sized head and it fits okay. Larger heads wouldn't fit comfortably. 

If laying down and using this pad, it can help keep the neck in place and cushioned.

If using this with a chair, the curved end of the pad to fit on the back of the chair does not fit most chairs. In fact, it doesn't fit any of my chairs.

I'm lucky enough that I could get the pad to hang on my chair, but I'm afraid it'll wreck the fabric of my chair. I don't keep it on there unless my neck is bugging me.

This pad does NOT create a instant relief from neck pain. It does not cure neck pain either. This pad just helps hold the neck in a natural position to reduce strain on the neck. It will not heal or cure any previous condition nor prevent one from happening.

- Helps hold neck in place
- Small to medium sized heads are cradled by pad

- Pads don't fit on all chairs
- Pad does not fit all heads
- Very cheaply made 
- All heads (such as larger heads) will not fit this pad
- Will NOT crease or cause an instant cure to neck issues or pain 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Andean Planet Bracelet

I received the Azurite & Silver Toggle Bracelet "Andean Planet" through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Made with .925 sterling silver and azurite 
  • Toggle clasp 
  • 7.25" long bracelet 
  • Made in Peru 
The first thing I noticed about the andean planet bracelet when it came was that it came with a little booklet about "every treasure has a story..." I expected that booklet to be about the artist and the bracelet, but it talked about a Lace Sweetheart, bathed in gold, and a necklace. It had nothing to do with the bracelet, which disappointed me. Made me wonder if that's even the artist who worked on or designed the style of the bracelet.

The bracelet of itself is very pretty. I love the color of the beads and the detail of their painting. The sterling silver is very shiny and reflects the colors the beads are next to.

The bracelet does pinch skin at times or grabs arm hair.

The bracelet is small. It's 7.25" long with very little stretch. The lack of stretch makes me worried that it'll snap when putting the bracelet on or off. I have a small wrist. The bracelet fits on my wrist okay, yet it doesn't have the ability to move much. If the bracelet does move down my arm a bit, it leaves indents and marks from the bracelet. It's not entirely comfortable.

The clasp of the bracelet is a pain. I usually like toggle clasp, but the bracelet doesn't have enough length or stretch to get the bracelet on easily. It took several attempts to just get flat end of the toggle clasp through the loop. Trying to get the bracelet is just as difficult.

- Beautiful Beads

- Short bracelet 
- Toggle Clasp is difficult to get on and off
- Pinches skin / Pulls hair

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Seaside Embrace Review & Giveaway

Voted Beck Valley Books Reviewers Favorite Mini Series from the Love in Bloom Series in 2014
Featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

After working hard all day, creating his beautiful metal sculptures, sinfully sexy Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot, sexy babe--or two. But after spending a handful of naughty nights with seductive and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

As a dancer, boxer, actress, and waitress, Jana is tough, organized, and as dedicated as she is committed. She has to be to maintain her crazy schedule. But when it comes to men, Jana's had a string of bad relationships, and there's only thing she'll commit to--not committing.

White-hot passion ignites every time Jana and Hunter are together, but the closer Hunter gets, the faster Jana runs. When Hunter lays on the charm, Jana throws out a challenge she's sure he can't meet, and Hunter steps up to the plate, forcing her to face her hurtful past or let go of him forever.

SEASIDE EMBRACE is part of the SEASIDE SUMMERS series, and the newest addition to the "Love in Bloom" family. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Seaside Embrace is a fantastic new addition to the Seaside series.  
The way this story started off, I knew the characters were in trouble, especially Jana.
Jana is a very strong, independent woman, who is insecure when it comes to her ability to commit to relationships. Jana loves to dance, box, and perform in theater. Lately, life has gotten crazy and out of control that Jana has had to cut back on the things she loves. 
Hunter is a creative and hard working when it comes to his sculptures and a major player in his personal life. He's not used to relationships or romance.  
Jana and Hunter are very similar with their player and non-commitment behavior. They often butt heads and get on each others nerves. Hunter finds Jana to be a challenge is willing to pursue a chance of being with Jana. Jana's insecurities about relationships and her past don't make it easy.  
Hunter's patience and ability to communicate with Jana impressed and pleased me. I couldn't put the book down. I was too curious to see if Hunter and Jana could work it out. 
I can't wait to see what is next for the Seaside Series. I would love to see what happens with Clark and Nina, Hunter's brother Grayson, or Jana's siblings. 
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Unbreakable Plastic Tumbler Set

I received the 8 oz Unbreakable Plastic Tumbler Set through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Set of 4
  • 8 oz
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Mad eiwth Eastman Tritan Plastic
  • Lightweight 
  • Shatterproof 
  • Stackable
The Scandinovia tumblers are a nice basic 8 oz cup. 

I usually use a plastic cup of when I get glasses of water each day at home. I prefer plastic cups when it comes to getting a quick drink.

These plastic cups are stackable, which makes them take up less room in my cupboards. I like it when plastic cups can stack because my glass cups I use during meals take up a lot of room. 

These cups are colorful and fun. I enjoy the design on the tumblers as well. 

These cups are easy to wash. They are dishwasher safe. The design and the shape of the cup does not create any issues with washing them in the dishwasher. 

The opening is wide and the cup's rim fits over your nose. With glasses on, I tend to bump my glasses with the rim of the glass if I don't tip my head back when I drink. 

I had to test the "unbreakableness" of these glasses. I took it as a challenge. I dropped and threw the cups on several different occasions. I started to get frustrated because the plastic cups would not crack or chip. 

The durability of these cups them good to use outdoors, for most kids, and for those who are clumsy, like me. 

- Colorful
- Neat design
- Stackable
- Dishwasher safe
- Shatter proof

- Rim of cup can bump against eye glasses if wearing them

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Kukpo Plastic Mixing Bowls

I received the Kukpo Plastic Mixing Bowls through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • 3 different sizes
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Freezer safe
  • Skid free bottom
The three Kukpo mixing bowls are not quite what I expected. 

The bowls part of this set are nice. The plastic is thick and seems durable. 

The 3 sizes work well for different kinds of items that need mixing or for storing food items, such as chips.

The non-skid bottom can work depending on the amount of pressure or force used behind mixing items in the bowl. 

The lids are another story. Although the product description promotes that the lids are to be perfectly fitting, the product does not live up to expectations. Two out of the three lids did not fit and would keep popping up. Only the lid on the small bowl fit perfectly and had a tight seal.

The description claims the product is high quality. The bowls are good, but I expected the lids to be made with a good quality as well. I am very disappointed with how the lids are. They're a very thin and cheap plastic that doesn't fit as they should.

I tried pressing down on the circle in the middle, pressing down on the sides, and various areas on the lid. Nothing worked to make them seal as they should.

- Bowl sizes
- Non-skid bottom
- Dishwasher safe

- Lids do not fit
- Not high quality

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Flickering Flameless Candles

I received the Flickering Flameless Candles through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • 5", 6", and 7" candles
  • Remote control 
  • Timer: 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours
  • Brightness level options
  • Static flickering light options
  • Each candle takes 3 AAA batteries (Not included
The flameless candles are cute addition to decors in any room of the home or office.

Each of the three candles takes three AAA batteries. Although the flameless candle claims to be energy saving, it does take a quite a bit of batteries and energy to make these candles work. Having 9 AAA batteries around the house isn't something I always have available.

The candles are able to be turned off or set onto a timer. This helps limit the amount of time the candles are on and helps limit the amount of energy the candles use.

The candles provide a warm glow.

The "flame" portion of the candle did concern me. The plastic flame is very thin and seems flimsy. The flame is attached to a very thin shaft.

Air movement helps move the plastic flame to create the candle or flame appearance.

Although the flameless candle claims to be safe to use around children and pets, the plastic flame of the candle seems a bit too fragile to be used or left where children or pets can reach the candles.

The remote takes a CR2025 battery that can be changed if the original one that comes with the product dies.

The remote allows you to set the timers, turn on and off the candles, and change different settings. These settings include the brightness of the warm light and the speed of the movement for the flickering light.

- Warm light
- Change brightness
- Adjust flickering light
- Timers

- Takes 9 batteries for candles
- Plastic flame seems fragile 
- Wax gets dirty and collects pet hair or dust 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Playing Catch Review & Giveaway

On the field and off the field, bartender Jeanine Jewell plays, collecting one-night stands like baseball cards. She doesn’t need a man, except to curl her toes and make her scream. She’s learned the hard way that the one who cares more is the one who gets hurt—and the last thing she can handle is getting hurt, or having anyone discover her shameful secret.

Scoring women is easy for catcher Kirk Kennedy—they don’t call him “Catch and Release” for nothing. He never goes back for a repeat performance. Being traded to a new city is an opportunity for new adventures—until he runs into Jeanine and she refuses to go home with him. Intrigued, Kirk is determined to catch the elusive blonde and keep her to himself. When he proposes a wingman to wingwoman friends without benefits relationship, he’s surprised she accepts.

The no benefits clause soon falls by the wayside when neither Jeanine or Kirk can resist their explosive chemistry together. But despite the sparks between the sheets, they both refuse to acknowledge they’re anything more than friends.

Everything changes when Kirk discovers his past is the one Jeanine is hiding from.

Trigger Warning: The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father and has flashbacks.

Playing Catch is a novel that kept my interest very well. I frequently found myself guessing what could happen next and wondering what happened in the past for the main and secondary characters.  
The main characters, Kirk and Jeanine, kept making me think they were crazy due to trying to be each others wingman and wingwomen. From the reader stand point, their chemistry is obvious. I had a feeling that the wingman and wingwomen relationship would end badly. In a way, it does, but it brings them closer together and recognize their own jealousy.  
There are many parts in the story that take place that I had not seen coming. Those moments surprised me and kept my interest the most. They move the story along well and create a connection between Kirk, Jeanine, and their pasts. 

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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. 

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Circle Cat Toy

I received the Happy Circle Cat Toy through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Ground & Air Prey
  • BPA free plastic
  • 10" x 10"
  • Allows for chasing and swatting 
This cat toy can be fun for any young or active cat. The toy allows them to chase or swat at their prey. Most of which can be done with the cat laying or sitting down. Others may be more active with this toy.

As fun as the cat toy looks, the quality did disappoint me. When I hear a product is made with the "highest quality," I expect the entire product is made that way. I felt like some parts of this cat toy wasn't made completely with the highest quality materials.

The base of the cat toy is okay in design and colorful. The holes on the top make it easy for cats to get their paws in and play with the ball. The openings on the side is big enough that the ball can pushed out of the ball track.

The ball is just two different colors of hard, cheap plastic glued together with beads inside.

The white mouse on the spring is really cheap. It feels like a thin plastic that's shaped into the body of a mouse with white fuzzy fabric over it. Even the tail is just a thin strip of fabric that can easily be pulled out of the body.

The spring is thicker and bounces back to the upright position. I tried bending the spring with my hands and found that if I bent or folded the spring in half, the spring wasn't as sturdy as it looked. The spring went back to the upright position with a slight kink in the spring. But then I noticed something that really bothered me about this product.

The spring was leaving silver flakes of paint on my hands. Why would I or any other consumer want a toy for our pets that would end up flaking paint and having them ingest it? Not to mention if a young child got a hold of the toy flaking paint...

- Colorful
- Holes on top for paws to fit through to get to the ball
- Ball rolls around in track nicely

- Mouse is cheap
- Fabric (such as the tail) of the mouse can be pulled apart
- Ball can be pushed out of track
- Ball is cheap
- Spring flakes silver paint 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ailihen Stereo Headphones

I received the Ailihen I35 Stereo Headphones through a promotion. 

Product Info:
  • Noise-canceling
  • Folding design
  • Microphone on cord
These Ailihen headphones are nice, colorful, and have a decent sound quality.

The headphones have a very long cord that allows me to be mobile. I can have my device in a pocket or purse while having the headphones and not worry about yanking the headphones off. It's even long enough that I can plug the headphones into the computer and have room to move.

The head band and ear pieces have a soft leather-like cover on them. They provide extra cushion to help make more of an ergonomic design. The headphones are said to be comfortable, but either the head band is made small or my head is big. I can wear the headphones for about a half hour before they start getting uncomfortable. It feels like it's squeezing my head after awhile. The size of the headphones seems like they'd be better off for kids or teenagers, not so much for adults.

I do not recommend putting these headphones around the neck if one has a medium to larger neck. For me, the headphones ear pieces rest on my throat. It's uncomfortable to me. If the headphone ear pieces would fold out, there'd be less pressure onto the throat. Unfortunately, they don't do that.

The headphones ear pieces are slightly smaller than some others I've used before, yet they still fit on my ears.

The sound quality is average. I would prefer a stronger bass and the lyric portion of the sound to be brought out more.

The sound is fairly balanced. Whether listening to music or talking on the phone, the sound quality is pretty clear and easy to understand.

The headphones are good at canceling outside noises. If music is on, even with low volume or higher, outside noises are not noticeable. If there is no sound coming from the headphones, then outside noises sound very muffled.

- Colorful
- Balanced sound 
- Noise cancelling

- Headband squeezes my head
- Wish there was more base
- Not able to comfortably have headphones on neck


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